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HOMELAND “Pilot” Review

HOMELAND “Pilot” Season 1 Episode 1 – You know that saying, “save the best for last?” Well, pilot season is just about over and this is one of the last ones to make it through the gate. And that saying? Totally applicable here. Comedy or drama, this is probably the best new show of the fall, and it trumps a fair few returning shows too.

From the creative team behind 24, which even naysayers have to admit was pretty excellent up until around the first half of season five, adapted from an Israeli television show, Homeland focuses on a case of a US Marine sergeant missing in Iraq found alive, brought home as a national hero, while one lone and possibly crazy CIA analyst doubts his story thanks to some potentially faulty information she received from an informant in Iraq some years before. It’s a show which explores some of the biggest themes concerning the United States in the world today: patriotism, privacy, family, love, honour, racism, terrorism, secrecy, security. It’s a show which, from the outset of its pilot, promises a lot. And I don’t mean in, “damn, give this show a few weeks and it might be quite good”. I mean, “damn, this show is kick ass right now!” Read More...

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